The mission of the Portland Police Bureau Canine Unit is to provide specialized support to the Patrol and Investigative branches of the Bureau. The Unit provides a resource to the officer and investigator on the street by utilizing the keen sense of smell and hearing of the canine whose task is to assist in the apprehension of suspects, the searching of buildings, finding articles of evidence and protection of police officers and members of the community.
A K-9 team is used whenever possible to augment officer resources by using the specialized canine abilities. K-9 teams respond to assist patrol and investigative operations on a city-wide basis, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. K-9 teams also assist with emergency calls for service including "officer needs help" or "back-up" calls.
Officers wishing to transfer to the Canine Unit have to have a minimum of 4.5 years of service with the Police Bureau before they can apply. To be selected for a position, an officer has to pass an in-depth background investigation, a rigorous timed physical agility course, a dog handling assessment by unit trainers, and a lengthy oral interview. Once selected for an assignment, the handler is matched up with a dog (German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois, or a Dutch Shepherd) picked by unit trainers. The dog then lives with the officer and the officer’s family when not at work.
Canine Unit Biographies
Sgt. Preston and PSD Utzi
K9 Utzi is a 4 year old German Shepherd who was purchased from Denver, Colorado. Utzi was certified in Patrol work in October of 2014. She is assigned to Sergeant Jason Preston.
Sgt. Grundmeyer and PSD Siggi
K9 Siggi is a 3 year old German Shepherd who was imported from Israel. Siggi was certified in Patrol work in October of 2014. He is assigned to Sergeant Troy Grundmeyer.
Officer Gore and PSD Jasko
K9 Jasko is a 4 year old German Shepherd who was imported from Germany. Jasko was certified in Patrol work in December of 2013. He is assigned to Officer Shawn Gore.
Officer Sweeney and PSD Maverick
K9 Maverick is a 6 year old German Shepherd who was raised in Snohomish, Washington. Maverick was certified in Patrol work in July of 2012. He is assigned to Officer Lonn Sweeney
Officer Hilsenteger and PSD Marko
K9 Marko is an 8 year old German Shepherd who was imported from Germany. Marko was certified in Patrol work in April of 2011. He is assigned to Officer Ryan Hilsenteger.
Officer Davidson and PSD Bravo
K9 Bravo is a 7 year old German Shepherd who was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. Bravo was certified as a Patrol K9 in April of 2011. He is assigned to Officer Ben Davidson.
Officer Wullbrandt and PSD Billy
K9 Billy is a 3 year old Belgian Malinois who was bought from the Vancouver B.C. Police Department. Billy was certified in Patrol work in May of 2015. He is assigned to Officer Rob Wullbrandt.
Officer Butcher and PSD Jingo
K9 Jingo is a 2.5 year old Belgian Malinois who was born and raised in Springfield, Oregon. Jingo was certified in Patrol work in March of 2015. He is assigned to Officer Kristi Butcher.
Community members can make a tax-deductible donation to the Canine Unit to support training and canine replacement.
Donations can be sent directly to the Portland Police Bureau Canine Unit:
Portland Police Bureau K-9 Unit
4735 East Burnside Street
Portland, Oregon 97215
The City's federal tax identification number is 93-6002236, and there is an official notice on the Auditor's website if a donor wishes to print it for their records: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/auditor/article/38071